The gift and the giver story
The Gift and the Giver by Nelia Gardner White
The Gift and the Giver
It was a beautiful night and I was sitting out with some friends on the grass hill down the third base line. Alan was reflecting on something that Jeff Johnson—who spoke a month or two ago about Islam—said about what it means for a Muslim to start following Jesus. He has to count that cost and give up all that is familiar and comfortable to him in order to follow Jesus. Is it a different thing for Americans than it is for Pakistanis? Sure, few Americans face the threat of being killed for their faith or being completely rejected by everyone they know. This passage is in a section of teaching that goes from Luke to where Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and the final week of his life.
Give to Where Most Needed
God is himself the first, and absolutely the most important gift that God gives to us, which implies a second gift: God gives us our very selves. One thing that people seem to do in all cultures is to give gifts, and this is always wrapped in all sorts of traditions and expectations. To begin on the most fundamental level, we might consider how people give gifts. We can give a gift as a means of keeping a person in contact with us, out of guilt or gratitude, even though the other person might wish that we would stop. These can be extremely impersonal and merely keep us in good standing in the community.
The Giver is a American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a year-old boy named Jonas. The society has taken away pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, as there may be times where one must draw upon the wisdom gained from history to aid the community's decision making. Jonas struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. The Community lacks any color, memory, climate, or terrain , all in an effort to preserve structure, order, and a true sense of equality beyond personal individuality.